Friday, 31 October 2014

Scandi Feet



ZARA jumper (old), H&M skirt, H&M scarf

Finally Shanghai has become moody enough for me to start living in my new coat! It’s been a struggle waiting out so long to wear it, not that the gorgeous weather hasn’t been extremely appreciated. Don’t get too excited though, because this coat has been waited on for too long for me to only wear sporadically: Camel from here on out! (More on it in a later post).

The real stars of the show though, are these day-to-night heeled boots from Gardenia Copenhagen. I am a lover of all things Scandi - it’s been far too long since I’ve returned - but this brand really epitomises what I love about Scandinavian fashion values: high quality, effortlessness, minimalism, comfort, practicality. The boots add a tad of effortless sexiness, which is always welcome. They also manage to be just as comfortable as a pair of thicker heels or flats. 

Ph. Jenna Cammish
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Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Shanghai Fashion Week: Diesel Opening Party



Shanghai Fashion Week hit us rather unexpectedly from October 15th- 23rd. 

I managed to blag a ticket to the Diesel Opening Night Party (thank you). The evening undoubtedly exuded deliberate edginess: the soundtrack booming through the speakers, the strobe lights, and of course the elevated platforms where Diesel’s key pieces were exhibited. We saw leather, fluff (I already told you about that) and a masculine/ feminine concord. 
Champagne flutes, unlimited Budweiser, exceptional canapés were in full swing (trust me, when you’ve been in China for a couple of months parma ham wrapped around a bread stick is like a gift straight from Heaven). We stayed way past the finishing time of 11pm even though the lights had been turned on: only a good sign


Observations: Chinese people (or at least the Shanghainese who frequent these types of events) are centred almost entirely around social media and capturing these events. Even this handful of photos shows selfies a plenty, photos in front of significant backgrounds or photos of the ticket itself. It’s not to say that the West is by any means alien to the power of social media, but it really struck me as all encompassing at #SFW. 

PS. Photos taken by ME for once, on a Canon with my new lens! Shocking, huh?!
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Monday, 20 October 2014

Current Crave | Mango Pointed Flats

MANGO croc effect flats

I first noticed these Mango flats way back in summer when I realised what an amazing season Mango was set to have this A/W14... These croc flats are currently sold out online, but after a quick Google search I have been informed there are six concessions in Shanghai! 

Watch this space. 

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Sunday, 19 October 2014

Uniform









ZARA trench, ZARA shirt, H&M pants, ZARA lace ups,  OLIVIA BURTON watch (c/o KCDC), CHANEL bag, VINTAGE jewellery and PRIMARK sunglasses

First post from Shanghai, and you can get a glimpse of the urban jungle I am living in (despite being born and bred in a tiny Spanish village I am meant for big cities). 

Here I share my uniform: white (creased, sorry Mum) shirt, cropped high waisted pants, reliable trench and a pop of my favourite print on my feet. I love the minimalism and simplicity of the colours… although the shoes and the trench certainly require a second glance. Jewellery-wise, there is nothing better than simple, barely-there golds and silvers, like my Grandma’s vintage gold and silver chain which says luxe in such a subtle way. 

Day-to-day I believe it’s all about comfort, simplicity and those simple touches that make an outfit that little bit more special. 

Shop some examples below:

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Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Travel | Shanghai Instagram


I present you a flurry of colour courtesy of my new home, Shanghai! The city ENCOMPASSES MODERN CHINA: shopping malls by the truckload, Ferraris and skyscrapers alongside rickshaws, steamed dumplings for 10 pence and traditional family values. From the Former French Concession, to the Bund, to M50, to nearby sleepy village Zhu Jia Jiao; Shanghai has something for everyone.

The bloggy technical difficulties mentioned previously have been resolved (read: I found Xing Guang Photography City - incredible find) therefore allowing me to present Shanghai to you at its fullest, just how it deserves. I'm talking Shanghai street style (on and off campus), specific recommendations around the city, a round up of the best tourist sites as well as general weekly snaps of all the weird and wonderful things I see. All of this alongside my usual outfit posts and trend reports.

 This Instagram post is a mere Introduction to what's to come - stay tuned.

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Sunday, 12 October 2014

It's So Fluffy

Credit: Pinterest

"It's so Fluffy I wanna die!" The FUR/ FAKE FUR look has been taken into a whole new realm this season and reinvented so as to engulf more than your standard Russian Shapka or conventional fur coat. Thankfully, the High Street has taken this look under its wing and come out with some really attractive options: think panelled jumpers, fluffy heeled sandals and gorgeous fluffy bags as shown above.  Pair with denim, leather and your favourite clean palette to let the fluffy item TAKE THE SPOTLIGHT.
Check out some of my favourites below:


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Sunday, 5 October 2014

Palazzo Palazzo









I'm wearing: TOPSHOP crop top | WHISTLES vintage pants | SPANISH BOUTIQUE mules | ZARA earrings | BOBBI BROWN lipstick in Crushed Plum

ENG
Proportions are becoming less one-dimensional in the sartorial world: the it heel is lower, the chic dress is longer, we have culottes and the Palazzo Pant. It is refreshing to see a change of styles and, for someone who doesn’t desire to bare all, the new attraction in displaying the slightest hint of skin (see barely-there midriff suggestion) rather than a cleavage-legs-arms and maybe even some butt cheek scenario is extremely welcome.  

Palazzo Pants, such as these vintage Whistles pants, make you feel sophisticated, elegant and powerful. Something about the shape and the elongation of your body makes you feel like you could take anything on. If you don’t believe me, you better try them out for yourself.

Swift change of subject: living in Shanghai has proven more difficult than I feared to keep Piece by Piece Style up to the usual standard of posts and timetable. This is a combination of slow internet (everywhere), VPN problems (Blogger, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram are blocked in China), faulty camera charger and a new lens difficulties. Do you see how this is screwing with the schedule!? I’m trying my best and figure that once I have a routine everything will become a lot easier. Let us pray. 

ESP
Las proporciones han cambiado en el mundo de la moda: tacones son más bajos, el vestido más largo, tenemos culottes y pantalones como éstos. Es bonito ver el cambio de estilos y, para alguien que nunca ha sido de demostrar todo, la nueva atracción de exponer tan sólo un poco de piel en vez de escote-piernas-brazos y hasta un poco de trasero es muy bienvenido.

Este estilo de pantalón te hace sentir sofisticada, elegante y poderosa. Pienso que tiene que ver con la forma y que te hacen sentir más alta. Si no me crees, pruébalo tu misma. 

El vivir en Shanghai ha hecho más difícil de lo que temía mantener al día Piece by Piece Style y al nivel que me gustaría tenerlo. Es a causa de: Wifi lentísimo, problemas de VPN (Blogger, Twitter, Facebook e Instagram están bloqueados en China), un cargador de cámara roto y problemas con el objetivo nuevo. ¿Me entendéis un poco mejor ahora?! Ahora que tengo un poco rutina se hace más fácil, así que con un poco de paciencia podré volver a la normalidad. 

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